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Orb Encounters


Orb Orbs are the beautiful balls of light captured in digital photographs. They can appear anywhere from wispy to brilliant white spheres of light. These “orbs” with their concentric circles, coronas, mandalas, faces, bumps, knobs and tracks seemingly appear at random times in one photo but not the next. They are known to manifest in different colors and sizes, singularly and in groups.

Orbs exhibit consciousness and can respond to requests by appearing in meaningful places at meaningful times. A growing number of people are experiencing the orb phenomena as a spiritual, transcendental or other worldly event that occurs after the death of a loved one. When photographed by a grieving family member, orbs can give a sense of solace unlike any other during a time of loss and adjustment.

Orbs have been sighted during OBE’s and NDE’s with the most publicized being the “brilliant orb of light” in Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Near Death Experience and Journey into the Afterlife, by Dr. Eben Alexander. He encounters a stranger, a young woman who accompanies him during his NDE. She appears not only in human form, but in the form of a brilliant orb of light. She is later identified as his birth sister who died ten years previously and someone who Alexander had never met.

Numerous explanations have been suggested to identity of these balls of light:

soul/consciousness energy, a vehicle of consciousness, angels, spirits, light waves, discarnate energies, thought forms, inter-dimensional beings, energy fields, aliens, dust or moisture particles, pollution in the atmosphere, or lens flare.

Orbs are most readily captured on digital cameras.

According to Virginia Hummel, director of TheOrbWhisperer.com:

“Orbs come in a variety of colors from the visible light spectrum, including ultra violet, x-ray and gamma ray range. Currently, there are two different scientific theories as to the physical makeup of orbs; subtle energy i.e. Chi, Prana and Life Force, or plasma.

Orbs are mentioned in literature across many genres and have been captured by traditional film, digital photography and video. There is a growing body of published information, videos and websites discussing this phenomenon. With a simple camera anyone can learn to take pictures of these incredible light beings. Though generally not visible to the naked eye, some people can see them while others are able to “feel” their presence.

Orbs are a beautiful demonstration of manifesting physical reality through consciousness. They are the most readily available proof of the existence of life beyond our third dimension. As the veil thins between worlds, we are afforded the opportunity to connect with the magic and beauty of spirit. We have been given a window to the divine. Thanks to the digital camera, we now have a visual experience that quite possibly validates for the first time what mystics, spiritual leaders, and religious doctrine have expressed for millennia: that we truly are eternal beings.”

Phenomenological list of experiential and transformative elements

One or more of the following experiences or identifying factors is associated with the appearance of orbs. This is not an exhaustive list, as the study of orbs is a relatively new field.

  1. Circular transparent or solid light objects, from one to many to hundreds, appearing on traditional film and/or digital photographs and videos.
  2. Orbs can occasionally be seen by the naked eye.
  3.  Children appear to have the ability to see these light beings, and many domestic animals seem alert to their presence.
  4.  Their presence can sometimes be felt through clairsentience.
  5.  Some people report hearing them as they fly by.
  6. Orbs have a consciousness and appear intelligent.
  7. Communication between orbs occurs through intuition, intention, and thoughts in the form of wishes, requests or directives, and dreams similar to an ADC, clairaudience and clairsentience.
  8. Commonly they appear to float above groups of happy, laughing, singing or prayerful gatherings of people, but are also seen in photographs or moving through videos of empty rooms, or resting on or by furniture, people and animals.
  9. They can be photographed during psychic readings.
  10. They appear benevolent and seem to enjoy attention.
  11. Orbs can determine whether or not to reveal themselves.
  12. They can respond to requests to interact with family and friends. They also appear in significant places at significant times.
  13. They are three-dimensional.
  14. Some orbs in digital photographs appear to have discernible facial features and human expressions while others can contain animal or extraterrestrial features. Some faces have been identified as loved ones. More than one face can appear inside an orb.  
  15. Each orb has its own unique interior structure and can contain symbols, bumps, knobs, tracks, mandalas, concentric circles, and coronas.
  16. ome people report direct communication by clairaudience between an orb and/or the intuitive knowing of the identity of the orb, i.e., Jesus or a family member.
  17. Reports of STE’s can occur during an orb sighting.
  18. Orbs can appear to be the size of a coin or many feet across. When many orbs are seen in a single photograph, they can be diverse in size.
  19. Digital video recordings have captured orbs of various sizes moving through the camera scene, traveling both slowly and quickly. 
  20. Some photographers report that the more pictures are taken with the intention of capturing orbs, the more orbs appear in their photographs.
  21. Orbs can be photographed and videoed with a Smartphone and flash.
  22. Digital photographs of orbs taken in darkened environments can show more orbs appearing than in daylight photographs. 
  23. The use of a flash or light source appears to be a necessity to capture orbs by camera or video.
  24. Orbs appear to fluoresce as a reaction to the photon energy emitted from the camera flash or LED.
  25. Orbs are most readily captured on inexpensive digital cameras, manufactured without hot mirrors, which block the conversion of low wave infra-red light emitted by the orbs.
  26. Orbs appear to expand in size as they approach a source of light.
  27. Orbs will appear blue under the influence of an LED.
  28. Orbs can be seen and filmed with an infra red camera.
  29. In digital photographs, orbs can appear to be a mix of many gauzy, transparent colors: white, pink, blue, purple, green, etc. Colored orbs can be taken in the same photo as white orbs.
  30. It is suggested that the vibrational rate of the varying colors of orbs may relate to the spiritual development of the individual orb.
  31. Orbs can be captured in motion and can appear as spheres with a trail of light, and as freeform or straight tubes of white or colored light. These tubes can be solid or appear as a grouping of multiple orbs.
  32. Orbs have been clocked at speeds of up to five hundred miles per hour.
  33. In a group, orbs appear to move as a group much like a school of fish or flock of birds.
  34. Orbs have been seen to appear and disappear through torsion vortices.
  35. Plasma clouds can be taken in the same photograph as orbs or appear shortly before or after orbs appear.
  36. Orbs have appeared in Class 7 clean room conditions.

Books and DVDs

  • Heinemann, K. & Ledwith, M.  (2007)  The Orb Project.  Atria Books/Beyond Words Publishing.
  • Heinemann, K. & Heinemann, G.  (2010) ORBS: Their Mission & Messages of Hope. Hay House.
  •  Heinemann, K., Heinemann, G., Ledwith, M., Ocean, J., Mead, R., Mead, H., Lub, S., Gilliland, J., & Knight, J.Z. (2009). ORBS: The Veil is Lifting (DVD).
  • Underwood, S. (2009). Orbs, Lightwaves, and Cosmic Consciousness: Interacting with Beings from Another Dimension. Xlibris.

Prominent Researchers

Dr. Klaus Heinemann

Born and educated in Germany, Dr. Klaus Heinemann holds a Ph.D. in experimental physics from the University of Tübingen. He worked for many years in materials science research at NASA, UCLA, and as a research professor at Stanford University. He is the founder and chairman of a corporation that performs scientific research in computational fluid dynamics, materials development, and nanotechnology, under contracts from NASA.  He is co-author of both The Orb Project and Orbs: Their Mission and Messages of Hope.   http://beyondtheordinary.net/ 

 Virginia Hummel

Virginia Hummel is an author and inspirational speaker on the subjects of Orbs and New Age Bereavement Healing. She has been a lifelong student of spiritual and metaphysical studies and most recently the orb phenomenon. Following the 2007 appearance of a brilliant white orb, visible to her naked eyes, she has focused her energy into discovering the source and identity of these intriguing balls of light. She is a Certified Light Therapist who uses Divine Light, or subtle energy, as a tool to assist in her ability as a medical intuitive. She is the author of Miracle Messenger: Signs Form Above, Love From Beyond. Virginia has created a website devoted to the orb phenomenon and is currently working on a new book on the subject. http://www.theorbwhisperer.com/

Dr. Miceal Ledwith, LPh, LD, DD, LLD (h.c.)

Dr. Miceal Ledwith served as a Catholic priest and as a Professor of Theology and College President for over 25 years in Ireland.  During the course of his academic and administrative careers he lectured extensively internationally.  He was one of the scholars featured in the movies "What the Bleep Do We Know," and its sequel "Down the Rabbit Hole."  He is coauthor of The Orb Project and producer of the movie Orbs: Clues to a more Amazing Universe.   http://hamburgeruniverse.com/

Sandra Underwood

Sandra Underwood, a retired university administrator, had a series of extraordinary experiences and back-to-back synchronicities following the suicide death of her son Eric. Through these experiences, she learned about and began to interact with orbs and what she calls "lightwaves" –believed by some to be conscious beings from another dimension.  http://sandraunderwood.com/index.htm

Individual Case Examples

A Google search of “orbs” will yield more than thirteen million results. There are literally hundreds of photographs available in published material along with thousands of self-published photos and videos available on the Internet. There are Facebook pages and websites with breathtaking photos and comparative discussions about this phenomenon. There are also conferences for devoted orb fans to share their insights and passion for these benevolent beings of light.

  1. Klaus Heinemann, PhD:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hfz1kEISKLQ&feature=related
  2. Miceal Ledwith, DD,LLD:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXFn2FwU-FU
  3. Orbs: The Veil is Lifting Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7bb0HzWd6Y&feature=related 
  4. International best-selling author/researcher Freddy Silva on the origin of orbs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUQFgUF_Uow
  5. An orb responds to a verbal command. TheOrbWhisperer.com http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtdBJ3rcb5Y&feature=plcp
  6. Energy OrbEnergy Orbs at the Ratu Bagus Ashram, March 26, 2009.  The phenomenon of energy orbs has become more and more visible at the ashram. It is believed that these beautiful representations of planetary energy are becoming manifest in response to the ever-growing level of consciousness present at this time. The pictures shown here were taken by many people, on many cameras, at different times. They capture the essence of these energies at play. Some report that feeling their presence, working with them during training, and meditating allows one to feel free from the limits of the mind. When one is connected through feeling to these energy orbs spinning throughout the body occurs, while held in the safety of one’s own orbit, it can feel like dancing through the universe. 




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